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speaker john boehner, and if you look at the deficit, it's been cut by more than half in 2009, the fastest deficit decline over a sustained period since world war ii, so would you acknowledge some progress is being made? >> yeah, i think it's a great point. if you look at the numbers, looks like quite a bit of progress has been made and the deficit has come down very quickly. that, of course, comes after a large rampup in the deficit where it grew by 800% before those four years, and i think more troubling is if you look at the nation's debt, where our debt levels are twice as large as they've been historically and are at historic highs and that's where the trouble is. while we've done a lot of deficit reduction, we've done it in the wrong way. we've focused on, i think, inadvertently through congress not being able to pick our policies on short-term measures that came out of the budget, which isn't where the problem is. what we should be doing is trying to replace those savings that came from the sequester that aren't as useful or long-term with more permanent and structural changes to en
a surplus when he finished his presidency that was turned into a record deficit by the republican president that succeeded him, so we are looking forward to having surrogates like president clinton and others stump for our candidates all across the country, and this week at the dnc meeting, we're going to be making sure that we can continue to focus on continuing our progress and helping to add value to elect democrats up and down the ballot. >> yeah. it is an interesting balance, as i mention, president clinton doing the stumping, hillary clinton doing a foreign policy event, she is down in florida today. these are not midterm stumping events. they've found a division of labor within the family for now. dnc chair debbie wasserman shultz, thanks for your time today. >> thanks, ari. >>> coming up, two years ago tonight, a story we all remember, trayvon martin was shot and killed. a tragedy that sparked a national conversation. we're going to talk about that case and the implications that continue to shape a lot of policy discussions. >>> but first, before we get to that, we have here today a
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